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160                                    VERDICT OX  INDIA
and waved them wildly in the air. The rich man in his motor car,
the poor man in his rags: Hindus, Mahommedans, Parsees,
Europeans—all joined in this final demonstration of loyalty and
affection. So large were the crowds that it took the Prince's motor
car ten minutes to cover the last hundred yards.5
Now, at the time when this outstanding event occurred—the
high light in a tour on which all the world's cameras were focussed
—Gandhi had his sharp little ear to the ground and his sharp
little eye on, the horizon, listening to the slightest echo and watching
the faintest shadow of the Princess movements. Why ? Because
he was trying to organize a boycott of the Royal visit. And so it
is difficult to believe that he can have remained in total ignorance
of this demonstration. Yet that is what he does ask us to believe.
Moreover, he bluntly implies that it never happened at all. He
writes:
"She describes an ovation said to have been given to the Prince
of Wales, of which India has no knowledge, but which could not
possibly escape notice if it had happened/
So that if we are to believe Mr. Gandhi, on this occasion, we can :
only do so by assuming either that he was under a very lengthy
anaesthetic or in a state of protracted trance.
In this review, Mr. Gandhi employs the customary Hindu ruse
of inserting little words into the mouths of his opponents, and then
challenging them. (I have referred to this habit in, the chapter
entitled £ Gentlemen of the Press.*) On this occasion the word
inserted was * always/ Says Gandhi:
* She has described the visit to me and informed her readers that
there are always with me two secretaries who write down every
tcord I say.. .this statement is not true."
Maybe it is not, but then Miss Mayo never made it. Mr. Gandhi
made it; the word 'always' is his own invention* Miss Mayo
courteously referred him to the text, to point out his delicate
emendation of her words. Xeedless to say Gandhi did not
acknowledge her letter.
'The Drain Inspector's Report/ to repeat, is a museum piece
for all students of the Gandhi mind. It is a masterpiece of evasion,
duplicity, and false implication. And it is completely typical of the
man who, by reiterating the word 'Truth' until it sounds like the